Dirk commits to Reds

Liverpool attacker Dirk Kuyt has become the latest to commit his future to Liverpool Football Club, signing a two year extension to his current deal at Anfield.

The news comes just hours after it was announced the skipper Steven Gerrard has extended his stay at the club until at least 2013.

Kuyt’s new deal means the 28-year-old Dutch international is a Liverpool player until the summer of 2012.

“This is another great piece of news for the club,” said Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez.

“Dirk had one year left on his contract and we were keen for him to stay. He is a player with great quality who has a big part to play in our future.”

Kuyt enjoyed a good week of football for his country, scoring three times in two World Cup Qualifiers for the Netherlands.

He was signed in the summer of 2006 from Feyanoord for around £10million, and scored for the Reds in the 2007 European Cup final against AC Milan in Athens.

Benitez will now turn his attentions to securing extensions for other important players who have shorter time left on their current deals. Namely Fabio Aurelio, Alvaro Arbeloa and Daniel Agger, along with securing Jamie Carragher, Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres on improved deals.